No audience members will be present at the final of Finland’s Eurovision selection show due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
OGAE Finland reports that there will be no audience members attending the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu final on February 20th. The seven artists who will be competing will be revealed next week. This will be the tenth time Finland uses UMK to select their Eurovision entrant, with a total of 278 songs being submitted for the contest this year.
The final of UMK 2021 will take place in the Mediapolis Studios in Tampere on February 20. The winner will go on to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
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Finland first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, they debuted alongside Spain and Yugoslavia. Finland has finished last in the contest on 10 occasions and has received ‘nul points’ three times. It wasn’t until 2006 that Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest. Lordi represented the country in Athens with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” scoring 292 points, a record total at the time.